#SUNDANCE: 2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW
By Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
We are back at the Sundance Film Festival and are as excited as ever. There are many things to be excited about this year from the stars to the films. As in previous years, Sundance is making strides towards diversity. To start off this new decade Sundance has included 107 projects by female Filmmakers (44%), 90 projects by people of colour (37%), and 47 projects by LGBTQ+ Filmmakers (19%). That diversity brings a diverse range of films, making it an inclusive Film Festival.
Some of the Films that have the most buzz going into the Fest are:
Bad Hair (Midnight): This is the official opening night Midnight film directed by Justin Simien (Dear White People) and is labelled as a brilliant satirical Psychological Thriller. It also has a superb cast consisting of Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe and Laverne Cox.
Come Away (Kids): This Film tells that story of Peter before he became Peter Pan and Alice before she visited Wonderland. It has a star-studded cast consisting of Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo and Micheal Caine.
Four Good Days (Premieres): This Film stars Glenn Close as a mother who tries to help get her drug-addicted daughter (Mila Kunis) clean.
Minari (U.S Dramatic Competition): This Film follows a Korean family who moves from the West Coast to rural Arkansas in search of the American Dream.
Miss Americana (Doc Premieres): Taylor Swift is kicking-off the Festival tonight with a documentary about her finding herself and using her voice.
Promising Young Woman (Premieres): Carey Mulligan is back at Sundance playing a woman who hunts down men who cross her path.
Shirley (U.S Dramatic Competition): Director Josephine Decker returns to Sundance with this biographical portrait of beloved horror author Shirley Jackson, who is brought to the screen by the ever captivating Elisabeth Moss.
Sylvie’s Love (U.S Dramatic Competition): Tessa Thompson is the star of this 1950s love story about a Saxophone Player who falls for a Television Producer.
The Glorias (Premieres): The one and only Gloria Steinem is getting her book told on the big screen and the one and only Julianne Moore is playing her.
Worth (Premieres): Micheal Keaton stars as Kenneth Feinberg who, following the 9/11 attacks, led the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. This Film follows Feinberg in the moments following the 9/11 attacks as he tries to broker deals with the victims’ families.
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